Irish Bill to Reduce Penalty for Abortion Defeated in Dáil

(The Irish Times) A bill to reduce the penalty for an illegal abortion from 14 years in prison to €1 has been overwhelmingly defeated in the Dáil.

The private members bill, introduced this week by AAA-PBP TD Bríd Smith, was defeated by 81 votes to 26 in the Dáil on Thursday, with 22 TDs abstaining.

The bill is the latest in a series of private members bills brought forward by opposition TDs in this Dáil and the last seeking to liberalise Ireland’s strict laws banning abortion in almost all instances. All have been defeated.

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